(Associated Press) A Bahraini carrying a child passes a wall Thursday, April 5, 2012, in Barbar, Bahrain, west of the capital of Manama, that is painted with graffiti depicting Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in a race car, calling for a boycott of this year's Formula OneBahrain grand prix, scheduled for April 22. The Arabic is a signature reading "free men of Barbar." A year after an anti-government uprising forced Bahrain's rulers to cancel the kingdom's coveted Formula One race, the grand prix is again smack in the middle of a power struggle.
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12 April 2012
Greens call for change to oil and gas acreage release process
The Australian Greens are calling for a change in the way oil and gas acreage is released, saying the Government need stop releasing areas that are environmentally sensitive.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Marine and Fisheries said the prospect of drilling programs near Rowley Shoals was another demonstration of a flawed system.
“Environmental groups are right to have serious concerns about drilling in this area. The ecological credentials of Rowley Shoals are well established,” Senator Siewert said in Perth today.
“This is another example of oil and gas acreage being released too close to sensitive areas.
“The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities should be assessing this acreage before any release is considered. Getting them involved after the fact is just too late.
“We’ve already seen similar concerns arise around potential drilling in the Mentelle Basin off Margaret River and near Ningaloo.
“The process for determining and releasing oil and gas acreage needs to be changed in order to avoid constant repeats of the situation we are now facing.
“A better balance needs to be struck between the resource sector and setting aside important areas for environmental protection" Senator Siewert concluded.
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Traumatised diggers fighting new war at home
There has been a four-fold increase in the number of Australian soldiers struck down by the lingering trauma from the horror of war.
The number of cases of post-traumatic stress disorder has skyrocketed since the start of the century, the result of brutal campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.Some vet…
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